NPC’s blog features opinion, news and debate around key issues affecting charities and funders. As well as posts by our own expert team, we feature guest bloggers from across the voluntary sector: from front-line charities to philanthropy advisors, grant-makers to government commissioners.

Read our take on the sector’s important questions, join in the discussion and share your views.

Embracing place-based collaboration: Lessons from Somerset

What does cross-sector collaboration in health and care look like in a particular place? NPC has captured learning from the initial stages of the The Richmond Group of Charities’ work in Somerset, which explored what new ways of working across sectors in a specific geographic area could look like. Here we share three lessons from the work.

Introducing a joint evaluation programme for the youth sector

NPC and the Centre for Youth Impact are leading the learning and impact strand of a £40m DCMS and the Big Lottery Fund programme that is funding around 86 open-access youth providers. This blog outlines five ways we are confronting the challenges of evaluation in open-access settings.

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Why do we need diversity?

Most charities believe boards should be diverse. But, according to our State of the Sector research, many are unsure what specific benefits diversity brings and how to achieve it. At a recent event for charity trustees we explored the benefits and challenges a diverse board can bring.

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‘Talking about merging isn’t itself a risk’

Organisations often only go public on mergers once the bumps have been ironed out and the deal is done. But this makes it very difficult for others to learn from the process. We recently spoke to the CEOs of two charities who are considering a merger, and are bucking the trend by talking about it openly. Read what insights they have to share.

Men-only fundraiser: Another trust battle for the sector

News about unacceptable behaviour during the Presidents Club’s annual fundraiser has brought charities and philanthropy into disrepute. Extreme examples like this aren’t representative of most charities and philanthropic giving. But that shouldn’t mean they can’t be used as a serious prompt to bring houses into order.

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